Now that the dust has settled from Captain America: Civil War, let’s look at five questions going forward.
I stress this is laden with spoilers. You’ve been warned.
What Are They Going to Do with Bucky?
At the conclusion of the film, Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Black Panther/T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) are at Wakanda discussing Bucky’s (Sebastian Stan) future and placing him in cryostatis since H.Y.D.R.A. programming is still embedded within.
So let me get this straight. Despite the most advanced technology available, there isn’t some advanced breakthroughs in psychology to break up mind control? Grant Ward was able to break Agent 33’s H.Y.D.R.A.’s programming in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. yet Bucky’s programming as the Winter Soldier can’t be fixed? That’s awfully convenient.
How Will Marvel Cinematic Universe Treat Iron Man Going Forward?
Since Iron Man/Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) introduction to the MCU, the character is defined by his guilt and approaching this film, his guilt drove him to sign the Sokovia Accords, which Civil War is mainly driven by the fallout from The Avengers: The Age of Ultron.
Tony’s guilt also blinded him to what Steve saw what was going on with Bucky. While Tony understandably reacted the way he did upon finding out who killed his parents and Steve withholding that information, you’re really starting to see how sick Tony is of seeing those affected by the collateral damage caused by the battles the Avengers face.
As tired as Tony is, you can also see him take more of an auxiliary role going forward given his current status with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which it might be safe to assume he might take on the intellectual mentor role to Peter (Tom Holland) like Curt Connors was in the original Spider-Man universe.
How Will MCU Treat Captain America Going Forward?
Given how Civil War didn’t end with Steve taking a bullet and dying for his cause, he is off in Wakanda and possible involvement with Black Panther, which comes out in 2018. Will we see Cap again before Infinity Wars or whatever the Russo brothers decide to rename the next Avengers film? Chris Evans is taking the role for Cap as needed basis similar to how RDJ is taken up for Iron Man. At least we know, RDJ is open to the idea of a fourth Iron Man.
I’m not sure how much more any future Captain America films will be focused on getting Bucky back to normal.
How Will the Rest of the MCU Be Affected by the Events of the Film?
We know the biggest change for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Given how Inhumans was recently shelved from their projected release date, no one knows what the long term plan would be since Cap is still trying to uncover H.Y.D.R.A.’s secrets and we have Ward as the current vessel for HIVE. We also know there’s been a constant struggle between having S.H.I.E.L.D. work with the Inhumans throughout the current season.
The ripple effect is likely going to mainly affect the show, but you’re not likely going to see it in the next two MCU films Dr. Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. With Spider-Man: Homecoming slated for release in July 7, 2017, Civil War may not have the profound lasting impact as The Winter Soldier.
What of the Other Characters?
Vision (Paul Bettany) seemed a little out of place in the film since he’s the only other person who could lift Mjolnir aside from Thor, yet he still blindly follows Tony, a person completely filled with flaws. Any being with an objective mind would have at least made the conscious effort to hear both sides out. Vision doesn’t bear the guilt Tony has throughout the MCU and everything he did in the film either dealt with keep Scarlet Witch/Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) at bay and domesticated or contribute to the airport fight without any further attempt of dealing with the greater problem at hand as to why Cap is doing what he’s doing. I expected better of the android.
Going to assume Rhodey/War Machine (Don Cheadle) will still work on walking again alongside Tony and his future involvement in the MCU will tie with him as well. Same with Vision.
Falcon/Sam (Anthony Mackie) will likely follow Cap around unless they find a way to shoehorn him in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Hawkeye/Clint (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow/Natasha (Scarlett Johansson) will likely be sitting things out until at least Black Panther since I don’t see either involved with Dr. Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming or Thor: Ragnarok. Same goes for Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp).
I don’t see Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) being further involved beyond Ant-Man and the Wasp.